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Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

Posted 12/12/2017 in National

Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said Monday, as President Donald Trump's ordered ban suffered more legal setbacks.



Like Trump, Moore breaking the rules of modern-day politics

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

He has ignored all the rules of modern-day politics.



Combative Franken quits, points to GOP tolerance of Trump

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

Sen. Al Franken, a rising political star only weeks ago, reluctantly announced Thursday he's resigning from Congress, succumbing to a torrent of sexual harassment allegations and evaporating support from fellow Democrats.



White ex-cop gets 20 years for Walter Scott slaying

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

One by one, relatives of the late Walter Scott urged a judge to mete out a significant punishment for Michael Slager, the white former police officer who fatally shot Scott, an unarmed black man, in the back after a 2015 traffic stop.



Pearl Harbor survivors in their 90s attend solemn ceremony

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago, paying homage to the thousands who died with a solemn ceremony marking the surprise bombing raid that plunged the U.S. into World War II.



Congress averts shutdown, sends Trump stopgap spending bill

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

Congress on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill.



Keillor: Radio station fired me without full investigation

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

Garrison Keillor says Minnesota Public Radio was wrong to fire him last week without fully investigating what a senior executive has described as "multiple allegations" spanning an extended period against the former "A Prairie Home Companion" host.



Trump travel ban to be heard by federal appeals court

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's updated travel ban is headed back to a federal appeals court in Virginia.



Jones seeking support of women in Alabama Senate race

Posted 12/7/2017 in National

Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones drew a line between himself and Republican nominee Roy Moore on Wednesday as he sided with women making sexual misconduct allegations against men of both parties.



'Silence Breakers' named Time magazine's Person of the Year

Posted 12/7/2017 in National

The "Silence Breakers" -- those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment -- have been named Time magazine's Person of the Year.



As Franken's support collapses, Democrats expect resignation

Posted 12/7/2017 in National

His once-promising political career in shambles, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken appeared on the verge of resigning after fellow Democrats led by female senators abandoned him Wednesday over the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct that are roiling Capitol Hill.



6 women file lawsuit alleging 'Weinstein Sexual Enterprise'

Posted 12/7/2017 in National

Six women sued Harvey Weinstein and men who served on the board of his film company Wednesday, accusing them of functioning like an organized crime group that used agents, producers and others to prey on young women seeking a break in a breakneck industry.



Trump declares Jerusalem Israeli capital, smashing US policy

Posted 12/7/2017 in National

President Donald Trump shattered decades of unwavering U.S. neutrality on Jerusalem Wednesday, declaring the sorely divided holy city as Israel's capital and sparking frustrated Palestinians to cry out that he had destroyed already-fragile Mideast hopes for peace.



Mideast braces for fallout from Trump's move on Jerusalem

Posted 12/7/2017 in National

Palestinians shuttered schools and shops and called for protests in West Bank towns today, while the leader of the Hamas militant group called for a new armed uprising, in widespread show of anger over President Donald Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.



America's homeless population rises for first time in years

Posted 12/7/2017 in National

The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities.



AP Exclusive: Poor health and high expectations for Medicaid

Posted 12/7/2017 in National

People on Medicaid are more prone to smoke, struggle with depression and obesity, or rate their own health as fair or poor. But that's not the whole story.



GOP leaders now backing Moore, despite allegations

Posted 12/6/2017 in National

Republican leaders in Washington are coming to grips with the possibility -- perhaps even probability -- that Alabama's Roy Moore will win his special election next Tuesday and join them in the capital.



Kennedy seems conflicted in Supreme Court wedding cake case

Posted 12/6/2017 in National

On a sharply divided Supreme Court, the justice in the middle seemed conflicted Tuesday in the court's high-stakes consideration of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012.



Conyers resigns from Congress amid harassment allegations

Posted 12/6/2017 in National

Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday after a nearly 53-year career, becoming the first Capitol Hill politician to lose his job in the torrent of sexual misconduct allegations sweeping through the nation's workplaces.



Amid positive talk, some in GOP offer blunt take on taxes

Posted 12/6/2017 in National

Sounding a discordant note among the positive talk on the tax bill, a number of Republicans are delivering a blunt assessment, casting the bill as a boost to big corporations and the wealthy instead of the middle class.



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